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Thursday, March 8, 2007
LAW OF THE LAND
endorses censoring Christians
Ruling says 'family values'
is hate speech that scares city workers
Posted: March 8, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
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A ruling from the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that municipal
employers have the right to censor the words "natural family," "marriage"
and "family values" because that is hate speech and could scare workers.
The ruling came in a case being handled by the
Pro-Family Law Center, which promised an appeal of the drastic result.
"We are going to take this case right up the steps of the United States
Supreme Court," said Richard D. Ackerman, who along with Scott Lively
argued the case for the Pro-Family Law Center.
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"We are simply unwilling to accept that Christians can be completely
silenced on the issues of the day – especially on issues such as same-sex
marriage, parental rights, and free speech rights," he said.
"If we fail to get U.S. Supreme Court review, however, it will be up to
each individual Christian in the United States to stand up for their
rights to be heard on the issues of the day. If we choose to be silent,
silenced we shall be," he said.
came in an unpublished "memorandum" from the court, and was in a
dispute over the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle within the city
offices of Oakland, Calif.
It found that municipalities have a right to dictate what form an
employee's speech may take, even if it is in regard to controversial
"Public employees are permitted to curtail employee speech as long as
their 'legitimate administrative interests' outweigh the employee's
interest in freedom of speech," said the court's opinion by judges B.
Fletcher, Clifton and Ikuta, who noted that their writings are "not
appropriate for publication."
"The district court appropriately described [the Christians' speech
rights] as 'vanishingly small,'" the opinion continued.
However, as the Pro-Family Law Center noted, the court "completely
failed to address the concerns of the appellants with respect to the fact
that the City of Oakland's Gay-Straight Employees Alliance was openly
allowed to attack the Bible in widespread city e-mails, to deride
Christian values as antiquated, and to refer to Bible-believing Christians
as hateful. When the plaintiffs attempted to refute this blatant attack on
people of faith, they were threatened with immediate termination by the
City of Oakland. The Ninth Circuit did not feel that the threat of
immediate termination had any effect on free speech."
The case had developed when two city employees who wanted to launch a
group of people who shared their interests posted a notice on a city
bulletin board – after a series of notices from homosexual activists were
delivered to them via the city's e-mail system, bulletin boards and memo
The notice said:
Good News Employee Associations is a forum for people of
Faith to express their views on the contemporary issues of the day. With
respect for the Natural Family, Marriage and Family values.
If you would like to be a part of preserving integrity in the
Workplace call Regina Rederford @xxx- xxxx or Robin Christy
But Robert Bobb, then city manager, and Joyce Hicks, then deputy
director of the Community and Economic Development Agency, ordered their
notice removed, because it contained "statements of a homophobic nature"
and promoted "sexual-orientation-based harassment."
Judge Vaughn Walker had ruled in 2005 that Oakland had a right to
prevent the employees from posting that Good News Employee Association
flier promoting traditional family values on the office bulletin board.
That decision was made even though homosexuals already had been using
the city's e-mail, bulletin board, and written communications systems for
promoting their views. In fact, one city official even used the e-mail
system to declare the Bible "needs updating," but no actions were taken
against those individuals.
The case was argued recently at a special session of the 9th Circuit at
the Stanford University Law School.
"The city of Oakland has interpreted this district court's ruling to
mean that Christianity has no place in our society and should be subject
to punishment. I want to believe that our Supreme Court will ultimately
decide this case on the values and instructions set forth in motion by the
nations Founders," said Ackerman.
Ackerman's' firm represents the women and said the Pro-Family
Law Center and Abiding
Truth Ministries have helped underwrite the thousands of dollars it
has cost to fight the city's aggressive promotion of the homosexual
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